COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The Salvation Army calls this warehouse in Naples "Santa's workshop."
"We're getting it all together to make Christmas brighter for so many people," said Major Dan Proctor.
But time is running out to sign up for toys.
"We have a sign up in English, Spanish and Creole, and you can register, now tomorrow's the deadline, but you can register in any three languages and that helps you move to the front of the line if you come into our office with assistance for the Christmas program.'
Major Dan Proctor said they are expecting to help nearly 4,000 families. That's more than in years past because this year the organization is stepping in to hold a toy drive to help those usually served by the Marine Corps League of Naples and Toys for Tots. But the league lost its opportunity after an investigation into allegations members mishandled money.
"We never thought that the Marines took advantage of us, they're a bunch of wonderful men and women," said Lois Sabatino.
Lois Sabatino has been running the Pelican Bay Toy Drive for the last 20 years. With the help of the community's 96 neighborhoods, this year she's donating the toys to the Salvation Army.
"It's a wonderful thing, yes these people are very, very generous," said Sabatino.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office tells WINK News they are still actively investigating the allegations against the Marine Corps League of Naples.
Collier County residents that need to sign up:
1. Register online: http://napleschristmascheer.com (available in English, Spanish and Creole)
2. Apply in person on Friday, December 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at 2975 South Horseshoe Drive in Naples
· Photo ID – Valid Driver License preferred (other acceptable ID includes Passport, Birth Certificate, School ID or Green Card)
· Proof of child’s age – Must bring child’s Birth Certificate
· Child’s clothing and shoe size(s)
Toy Drop Off Locations Include:
· Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club and K-Mart locations throughout Collier County
· Salvation Army Service Center at 3180 Estey Avenue, Naples, FL 34104
· Salvation Army Family Store at 2255 Davis Blvd, Naples, FL 34104
· Salvation Army Toy Store at 2975 S. Horseshoe Drive, Naples, FL 34104 (M-F
· Salvation Army Service Center at 2050 Commerce Ave #3, Immokalee, FL 34142